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-a-thon hosted by vets in tech. they train veterans returning from iraq and afghanistan for technology jobs. tonight dozens of veterans learned programming codes. >> we also want to teach design. marketing, how to write a business plan. how to do a presentation. there's so many things that you need in to be in the tech industry besides coding. >> reporter: during the hack-a- thon veterans and techies pitch ideas and team up to turn the concept into a company. in the tech industry in san francisco alone. >> there are thousands of jobs available. yet nobody was putting the two together. and we thought that was just such a shame. >> reporter: vets and tech says about a million service members will be leaving active duty in the next five years. and while the national unemployment rate is 7.9%, it's 10% for post 9/11 veterans. veterans say they have the right stuff. >> they make great leaders. and for start-ups i mean that's one of the biggest qualities. >> reporter: the top team in the hack-a-thon becomes the start-up with the chance to court venture capitalists. others get a chance to work wit
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